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    July 19, 2011
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>> she is. more on team usa coming up live on "good morning america." >> stay with us for that and hahave a great tuesday. . you are watching the station that works for you "good morning maryland"at 4:30. we rely on paramedics and emt toss help us when emergencies happening. what recruits are accused of doing to shut down the training center. after knowing her maybe 2 or 3 weeks, texting and phone calls, she confessed to me. >> he thought he met his match, but what she did is going to shock you. details ahead. and are you a tech guru and taking classes? an offer that will let you lose the textbook luggage. we tell you how to do it comingup on this tuesday july 19th. good morning i am charley crowson. >> i am megan pringle. thanks for joining us.
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it's hot already. so let's see if we can beat the heat. justin berk has answer on how long the heatwave will last. >> good morning. it's going to stick around sometime. and in the thick of it, yesterday, it was 90 plus temperatures. 91 in easton a but 95 in baltimore. and this morning, we are down to only 77 in both spots. 72 and that's one of the coolest numbers in york, p.a. factoring in the humidity. a heat index this morning at this hour is at 80. in baltimore, so a bit uncomfortable and once we get the sun up to do some work, it's going to do work on us. adding moisture to the mix and mainly showers towards the mountains. we will have a mix of clouds and a small chance of a thunderstorm popping up this morning. a better chance this afternoonch we will talk about that in a moment. let's see what's happening on the roads with tonya. >> reporter: not starting out too bad this morning. we are doing okay on the beltway. let's look on the southwest side 695 at wilkins avenue. we have some volume out there
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on the outer loop to the left of your screen. inner loop is moving well. we are dealing with construction for the most part. baltimore national pike at johnnycake road, we have a water-- wove a water main -- we have a water main break. 95 beltway until 395, we have construction there also construction after the fort mchenry tunnel. charley. >> thanks a lot. it's 4:32. a cheating scandal has been uncovered at baltimore fire academy. >> baltimore city fire chiefsays he will get to the bottom of this. linda so joins us in the studio with what it means for the program. >> reporter: well, chief yams clack shut down -- james clack shut down the program e says they got their hand be -- he says students got their hands on the exam before taking the test. it involves the practical segment testing recruits on ability to care for injured
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patients. how they got access to that exam and who gave it to them is being investigated. chief clack says all 20 students will be retested. and anyone who has been involved with training and testing that class will be investigated. meanwhile, the train center will be closed until the investigation is complete. >> they sent me a letter about a month ago and said that they found a practical exam test document laying out in the training facility. >> reporter: the 20 recruits involved in the alleged cheating scandal are in training not acting as emts they will be retested with a different exam to make sure they meet state standards. linda so, abc2 news. the public hearing on the howard county elementary schoolhas ended but residents' unanswered questions left many with a lot to be desired. they were told to wait until after the meeting to ask
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questions and that dissatisfied mr. die here went and sat with the audience three times and returned to his seat with a list of questions he had for the board. this is the latest in the confrontation between dyer and other board members now seek his removal. and residents in elderberg's is shutting down water service to 45 homes temporarily. they are installing two new water main valves on piney ridge drive. the shutdown is expected to be from 8 this morning until 2 in the afternoon or until the repairs are completed. homes expected to lose water are on blacks bruce lane, and part of piney ridge drive. police have a man in custody that led them on a high- speed chase ending at the arundel mills mall. 22-year-old darren simpkins was seen taking part in a drug deal when an officer confronted him. he took off going speeds up to 100 miles per hour from the bw parkway and ending at the mall. he hit several cars before
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bailing out and running into the mall. after a foot chase, police arrested him inside a clothing store. he faces a host of different charges. we have an update on a story we brought you yesterday about the break-ins in the pasadena area. this morning, police are warning the culprit to look out and be aware because six undercover police officers are patrolling the elizabeth landing community. you may remember a gps, money, ipads and more items were stolen out of unlocked cars and homes. the neighbors believe somebody is going around checking the locks overnight. an independent review board will meet regarding the club select shooting in january. you remember the scene. a fight broke out outside the club. gunfire then broke out killing a police officer and another man and that violence left four people hurt. the meeting is called an executive session to discuss the gun violence. otis rolley will hold a press conference today. he is set to release the plan to target crime across
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baltimore neighborhoods. he set a goal of reducing the city's crime rate by 20% in his first term. he will reveal a plan at one atharry run recreational center. carl stokes will hold a hearing on cutting property taxes and says it will cut theprot property tax in half during the next five years. it will be before the judicialary and legislative investigation committee e says this is different from living in the city and experts say the plan is economically viable as well as sound. also get this, a mature egg bearing northern snake heads has been discovered. ebb perts say the invasive fish may have been allowed to escape to the potomac. it's 23 inches and referred to as a toothy alien known for the rapid breeding and is a predator that pushes out local
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fish. million dollar question, how long is the heat going to last? the temperatures scorching much of the midwest. >> it's hot. how people in the mid south are dealing with the choices some people are having to make. and thousands will be looking for work. borders bookstore will close and hundreds of stores where and why. you watching "good morning maryland" first and only at 4:30 in the morning.
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now "good morning maryland" at 4:30. didn't we do this a week ago? another large dust storm hitting arizona. an amazing one to watch again. doctors are not concerned about the residents. winds reached close 50 miles an hour and doctors are warning the storms may be causing a condition called valley fever with flu like symptom and caused by inhaling the desert soil. >> but the worst heatwave
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rolling across the united states, we have seen this before. one man frying an egg on the porch. and it was hot but others not so lucky. farmers had to sell cattle because the grass they need to eat is not growing. and others who went out to enjoy a baseball game ended up needing medical attention due to the record heat index. >> unbelievable and people are feeling the heat in iceland. yes, iceland. they hit the beaches due to unusually high temperatures. they are trying to cool off from what they are calling staggering numbers. they reached nearly 20 degrees celsius, yeah, that's 70. pretty warm for a country that has a summer ranging between 50 and # 0 degrees fahrenheit. so -- 50 and 60 degrees fahrenheit. >> remember geeland has ice and iceland is green -- greenland has ice and iceland is green.thanks for paying attention. we have got a dry sweep in our immediate area. if you are watching on the wide
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screen, you will see action in pennsylvania. this is part of a frontal boundary trying to drop to the south. most activity near pittsburgh and poconos and they have had storms around the new york metro area. we will be watching that drop to the south. and while we are expecting to have temperatures quite warm and humid, the humidity will make it feel more oppressive. slight risk of severe storms through the afternoon. going for 93. that's cooler than yesterday's high temperature. but there will be the slight risk some storms turn severe with damaging wind and large hail that frequent lightning a possibility and then we really start cranking up both the heat and humidity for the rest of the week. we will talk about that in a moment. now let's do traffic and heretonya. >> reporter: good morning. traffic is flowing freely oharrisburg expressway and jfx. the beltway at liberty road, no problems to report there. a little bit of traffic on the outer loop to the left of the
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screen. we do have an accident reportedthat's going to be on eastern avenue at south haven. that's actually closed. the accident itself is easternit traffic is diverted at haven and water main repairs baltimore national pike at johnnycake. back to you. >> thanks a lot. baltimore's program to help teens and youngsters finds jobs is in full swing. today baltimore city mayor is going to join state and other local leaders on a tour of one of the youth works job sites. governor o'malley will be along for that tour at the academy for college and clear exploration on west 36th street. the group will hit the road around one this afternoon. it's being called an important transportation connection and one community is celebrating. >> reporter: the bridge that will help alleviate traffic congestion. i am sherrie johnson, the cherry hill road bridge opens today. and a woman trying to help
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her man, why this couple won't forget the trip and she may be hearing about it for a long time. we will take you live outside this morning, a downtown look at the inner harbor and it's hot out there already. this early in the morning, you are watching "good morning maryland" first and only at 4:30. hello parents, it's going to be a big school year. your kids are going to climb rope. they're going to have a year long tug war with the ceiling. and by the time they get out of 8th grade, they're going to do it with sweat on their brow and achievement in their hearts. so, this is what they're gonna need:
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4:45. five things to know before you head out the door this morning. two former aides to robert ehrlich pled guilty to conspiracy to violate election laws. they are accused of using robo calls to went out to predominantly african american households. thousands of borders bookstore workers will be looking for work. the chan announced they will be closing -- the chain announced they will be closing nearly 400 stores after failing to find a buyer. the changing mood forwards online booksellers ereaders and
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the economy contributed to the final decision. college students will be -- if you a college students or are going to be one there are e textbook rentals to down load books. they will be compatible with macs, pcs and the rental prices will be up 80% less than the list price of print version. august 2nd deadline fast approaching and republicans and democrats have made very little progress to finding a way to handle the debt ceiling crisis. the house republicans bill demands deep spending reductions and congress would have to approve it. the crew on board space shuttle atlantis is set to head back home. they will undock this morning. they left behind an american flag flown on the first shuttle 30 years ago. and a model of the shouldel. atlantis is scheduled to be on earth on thursday. it's a multimillion dollar bridge that will give people in baltimore county a smoother commute to work especially in the reisterstown and owings
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mills area. sherrie johnson is live with what county officials will do in a few hours. sherrie. >> reporter: well, it's an exciting day in baltimore county. just behind me here, you can see the barriers up not much to look at right now. but later this morning, baltimore county executive kevin came netsly -- came knits will be on -- kamenetz will be on hand to open up the bridge. it connects owings mills boulevard and reisterstown road and it spans the csx railroad and has been under construction for more than two years and will provide an important connection between two major arteries. we are talking about owings mills boulevard and reisterstown road. and a lot of people are very happy to see this bridge. you know? it's 4:30 but i caught up with a couple guys out here this morning that are going to be using the bridge. good morning. how are you? what do you think about the bridge opening? >> i am here at 4:30 and i thought it was opening today i saw you out here. it's been three years and it be
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the biggest world changer in reisterstown in the last three years that we have seen i can't wait. no more traffic or waiting to get from reisterstown to owings mills. enjoy the road. it's a present to us. >> reporter: what do you think in. >> i am so happy because can i save so much money on gas i don't have to go all the way around to glen brook an ate makes everything more convenient. my friend lives on the other side of the bridge and i have to drive an extra ten minutes to see him. now i can walk. >> reporter: thanks for talking to us. that kicks off at 11:30 and the bridge will be open and as you can see folks are happy about it. reporting live, sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >> thanks a lot. it takes all types. top honors for johns hopkins honors according to u.s. news and world report, it's the top hospital in the country. it is ranked in the top five in 5 medical specialties and top five in 10 others. 16 categories altogether.
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they are in the top 15 in 15 of them and in addition to that, the honor roll rankings it was ranked first in the field including neurology and rheumatology. a surgery changed the way doctors treat those who suffer from epileptic seizures. they are the first to use laser brain surgery on epileptics. they use a mri to died it and it takes a year to see the impact of the surgery. that's enough time for doctors who perform the surgery that are happy with the results they have seen thus far. >> first patient was in august of -- the first patient was in august of last year. we have done five patients and so far they are all free of their seizures. >> doctors have performed the surgery on only children so far, but the plan to use it on adult patients is coming soon. the procedure offers smallerincision and a shorter hospital stay. growing concern that head
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trauma takes a toll on the minds as well as the body. results from a health survey and a memory test begin to he retired nfl players older than 50 show 35% of them had a memory score suggesting possible dementia. the follow-up test found the exathletes were clearly impaired in comparison with healthy nonathletes of a similar age. a bounty hunter says he is going to sue casey anthony and her attorney. he says that back in 2008 casey's attorney accepted his offer to fly to florida to search for anthony's missing daughter. he says he racked up 200,000 dollars in expenses looking for the girl but since the trial he says he realizes that he was defrauded into believe she was missing when the torn's own words contradict that. >> he knew where the body was all along and that she never was missing and never was lost. >> now he is says he plans to file a civil lawsuits.
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a man got a little more than he was planning for when he found a match on an online dating site called okay cupid. after only knowing woman for three weeks yes three weeks kevin says christine confessed that she killed her husband. wow. he says she threatened do today kill him if he turned her in. he taped the conversation and turned the tapes in. she was charged with intentionally crashing the family car into a tree. two amusement center guests were less than amuse after the bungee ride was stuck 80 feet in the air. they were on the texas blast off ride in dallas when the cables locked up leaving them high and dangling. firefighters were able to rescue them from the bungee jumping style ride after more than two hours. listen to this. the woman's brother says his sister took her fiancee on the ride so he could concur his fear of heights. >> how did that work out? >> not well, i imagine. look at this one. this is going to be a video you
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will talk about a a hungry bear -- about. a hungry bear stopping by to grab some grub. the bear was caught in action. wild fires have displaced a number of animals in the state and several in the game and fish community say they are out searching for food. the state's governor is encouraging residence in the area affected by the drought or the wild fires to put away anything that could be seen as food for animals, birds, trash cans anything that a bear might be attracted to. now "married's -- maryland's most powerful doppler radar and the forecast certified most accurate by weatherate. >> that pot of honey out of the tree that got that bear attracted. yeah. tropical storm bret this morning. it's sitting north of the bahamas and winds are weakening. you can tell that. look at the satellite picture and it lost a lot of intensity as it did flare up to 65-mile- per-hour winds yesterday. now down to 50-mile-per-hour
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winds. the national hurricane center is moving this moving at 6 miles per hour. it takes it out away from the coastline. it is a limited surf but this will pass to the north of bermuda as a tropical depression. it's losing its punch. a frontal bondry to the north trying to sag south erupted with storms yesterday. we are watching this sag in our direction. we don't have storms this morning in the general area, we have storms expected in the mountains and we could flare that up this afternoon around i- 95 and the chesapeake bay. another possibility of storms could fire up tomorrow afternoonof a limited variety. it will be about the heat and humidity. some of the storms could turn severe with damaging wind and large hail. we will push 93 as the two degree guarantee. isolated storms possible but more muggy 74 and looking for tomorrow's temperatures back up to about 94 which has an isolated strong or severe thunderstorm. we will talk about the heat coming up here's tonya with the traffic. >> reporter: we have an
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accident reported in anne arundel county. mullland at bounty's court. we are doing okay on 95. let's look north of 195, no problems to report here. a little heavier traffic southbound to the right of the screen. the only thing you will run into is construction between 212 and198. eastern avenue at south haven, that intersection is shut down. the accident is at eastern and macon. traffic is going to be diverted at haven street. also water main repairs baltimore national pike at johnnycake and we have roadwork 95 northbound after the beltway on the southwest side. two left lanes are closed before washington boulevard. charley. >> thanks a lot. 4:54. the search has been stopped for those missing after the boat in mexico capsized. and one of the friends is not taking no for an answer. >> a friend is trying to raise money to keep the search alive. how it's going coming up next. and hillary clinton is in india. her arrival and agenda for the coming days. you are watching "good morning maryland" first and only at 4:30. ÷x#
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now "good morning maryland" at 4:30. one woman is determined to do all she can to find her friend who went missing. lori a friend of shawn chadic is trying to raise money for a private dive team to search the undersea wreckage for the missing man. the coast guard and mexican navy suspended the search last week. there's a new lead he for the troops serving in afghanistan this morning. marine corps general john allen has taken authority from general david petraeus. he told the crowd gathered for the change of command ceremony in kabul he is confident a peaceful afghanistan will prevail but there's many challenges ahead. general petraeus plans to retire from the army at the end of august and will take over as the head of the cia in september. hillary clinton is on a two-
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day visit to new dely. she is expected to meet with indian leaders to talk about improving the relations with pakistan and the economy. it comes less than a week after a series of explosions in new buy left 19 -- mumbai that left 19 det. no one claimed responsibility for the attacks. they are trained to keep us safe when we need them the most. a cheating scandal rocks baltimore's fire academy. >> reporter: the charry hill road bridge opens today -- chery hill road bridge opens today and that makes -- cherry hill road bridge opens today and that makes a lot of people happy. and high temperatures maintain the grip across the south and midwest. what people are doing to try to stay cool. good morning. i am charley crowson. >> i am megan pringle. thanks for joining us. i am back. it's good to be back. i will say when i left the house this morning, which is around 2 in the morning, i
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couldn't believe how hot it was. >> muggy. >> i know. justin, what's going on? >> we wanted to roll out the warm carpet for you. you came back and heat came back. and everything is the way it was. temperatures this morning glen burnie at 80. we are surrounded by 70s. but, it is really about the humidity that's starting to climb up in the atmosphere and you will get a taste of that today. westminster and hereford 76. we are dry around the beltway and around the bay itself. northwest you will find the storms locked down around pittsburgh. if you are traveling up 70 to 68, running into the mountains, this will be an issue this morning a cluster of storms just to our west. but there's a sign of that trigger in the atmosphere. that could ignite what we have in the air and could still spawn an -- pawn an ace lathed storm. a better -- an isolated storm this afternoon. damaging wind and large ha